Buckeye announced separately in May 2012 that our Foley plant located near Perry, FL, achieved certifications from three internationally recognized organizations that promote responsibly managed forests: the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM(FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFCTM). These certifications followed a rigorous year-long process of developing documents, manuals and procedures to guide fiber procurement and track fiber chain of custody. The purpose of these certifications is to ensure that companies which use forest resources meet society's needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Buckeye is committed to monitoring and reviewing its sustainable forestry programs and to continually improving and broadening the practice of sustainable forestry. Certification to these standards further demonstrates Buckeye's commitment to meeting customer demand for products that are derived from forest fiber that is legally harvested and well-managed.
John Crowe, Chairman and CEO, emphasized that "Buckeye is continuing to make progress on our sustainability strategy which embraces the importance of protecting the environment and resources for future generations while leveraging long-term business and shareholder value."
For more information about Buckeye Technologies and its sustainability efforts, and for a downloadable copy of the 2012 Sustainability Report, please visit our website at www.bkitech.com.
Buckeye, a leading manufacturer and marketer of specialty fibers and nonwoven materials, is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The Company currently operates facilities in the United States, Germany and Canada. Its products are sold worldwide to makers of consumer and industrial goods.